ALBUM REVIEW: Protest the Hero – Palimpsest

It appears that Protest the Hero have got some thoughts on today’s, let us say shit, political climate. When your opening track is called ‘The Migrant Mother’ it’s a bit of a tell that Palimpsest (Spinefarm Records) has some issues it wants to address. I mean, regardless of subject matter I’d still be all for Palimpsest. Come on, it’s Protest the Hero, I could listen to songs about cooking bacon as long as it’s a new album.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Havok – V

Judging by its title, the latest release by US thrashers Havok is either a bold, singular statement about this being their fifth full-length studio release, or, rather less plausibly, that it’s actually a concept album based on the 1980s sci-fi series about alien lizard people who wear big red jumpsuits. Sadly, it is, in fact, the rather more mundane first option, but that doesn’t stop V (Century Media) from being bigger and almost as frightening than the hairstyles on that show. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Body Count – Carnivore

You gotta face the facts, you will never be as cool as Ice-T. Never. He came from the streets of Los Angeles to become an iconic figure of Hip-Hop, movies and television, and Metal music. For some people, it seems like there is no mountain they can’t climb, and Ice is one of those guys. Sure, he could chill and sit back on the Law and Order: SVU Special Victims Unit money, and all those royalties. In actuality, he has been working harder than ever on music the last decade-plus, specifically for his groundbreaking band Body Count. All the evidence you need is on their new album, Carnivore. (Century Media). Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Alpha-o-MAGA – “Americunt”

Coming from the American Heartland, Alpha-o-MAGA is a grindcore band in the great tradition of reactionaries and outsiders such as grind pioneers such as Napalm Death, Terrorizer, and modern crust punk. Absurdist, furious but surgical, Alpha-o-MAGA is a fist the face of hypocrisy and sycophants. The band has dropped their new video for their new single ‘Americunt’, the latest screed in their prime directive to “Make America Grind Again”! Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Cattle Decapitation – Death Atlas

The Extreme/Grindcore/Death Metal act, Cattle Decapitation has been pleasantly surprising modern metal listeners for nearly a decade. Since their record, The Harvest Floor (Metal Blade Records) in 2009, this quintet from San Diego has been pushing barriers in several different metal genres. Their relentless resilience and unabashed creativity throughout the years has been unexpected and still surprises fans today. The band is getting ready to release their eighth studio album, Death Atlas (Metal Blade Records) and the genius that is Cattle Decap is once again pushing the norm.  Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PREMIERE: The Color Blew – “The Man”

Alternative Rock band The Color Blew just released their new album Light Switch, last week, November 1st. The Johannesburg-based quartet just dropped a new video for their single ‘The Man’ and Ghost Cult is gonna bring it to ya! Frustrated with a system that has let everyone done, ‘The Man’ is as political and topical as you can get for 2019, reflecting the angst many feel. The video was shot by renowned videographer and director Dizzy Khaki during the band’s performance at Speedofest. Check it out! Continue reading

Killing Joke – RDF Live at KK’s Steel Mill, Wolverhampton

A single support in RDF (Radical Dance Faction) are in store for the hundred or so that are here with me by the time they come on stage, the numbers a touch disappointing for a gig that is sold out for the full tour. Against their name, their music is actually more eclectic Dub, making little sense at first in terms of who they are supporting, though this notion changes as they get further into their set, with a bit more of their stated Punk side coming out to play. While not awful, the audience around me doesn’t seem particularly engaged, with plenty of chatting going on, though there is some polite applause at the end of each track, while a few people do seem to genuinely enjoy some tracks. They occasionally bring on another vocalist to help out, though not to any particularly great effect. In all, a fairly forgettable support act, which is a shame given they have existed for over three decades at this point, as they just don’t feel right for the act they are supporting. Continue reading

PODCAST: Episode 35 – Phil Rind of Sacred Reich Talks New Album and Keeping the Faith

Thrash metal legends Sacred Reich are releasing their comeback album, Awakening, their first in 23 years, on August 23rd via Metal Blade Records. Ghost Cult’s Keefy had the honor of chatting with frontman Phil Rind about making the new album, getting new (guitarist Joey Radzwill) and old members (Dave McClain – ex-Machine Head) back in the band, touring, working with producer Arthur Rizk, some thrash history, the outlook for President Trump, and much more! Continue reading

Zebrahead Shares New Video for “When Both Sides Suck, We’re All Winners”

Zebrahead has shared a new music video for their song ‘When Both Sides Suck, We’re All Winners’ from their recent album Brain Invaders (Mfzb Records). The track is a blast of fun and political metally-punk madness. Watch it now! Continue reading

PODCAST: Episode 8 – Nonpoint’s Elias Soriano Talks About “X” Album

Ghost Cult caught up with Nonpoint frontman Elias Soriano to discuss the bands’ recent album X, out now on Spinefarm Records. In addition to the new album, Elias shared details with us about lyrical themes, their prolific output as a group, the history of the band, his special relationship with the fans and much more! Catch the band on tour all through 2019.   Continue reading